Breaking Barriers and Records: Highest Number of Students Take SAT in Class of 2018
Breaking Barriers and Records: Highest Number of Students Take SAT in Class of 2018College Board Communications
The number of graduating high school students taking the SAT continues to soar in large part due to the SAT School day program, which allows student to take the SAT during regular school hours usually at no cost. According to the 2018 , more than 2.1 million students in the class of 2018 took the redesigned SAT®, a 25% increase from 2017.
“Five years ago, we made a promise to transform the SAT into a test that delivers opportunities. We changed the test itself, upended the landscape of costly test prep by offering free, personalized practice for all, and propelled students forward with fee waivers and scholarship opportunities. What is at stake is not higher scores. It’s students having the opportunity to own their future,” said David Coleman, CEO of the College Board.
“Educators, states, districts and schools have been instrumental in ensuring students have the chance to take the SAT without any obstacles, especially students who need it most,” said Jane Dapkus, vice president of college readiness assessments for the College Board. “We’ve made it easier for schools across the country to offer SAT on a school day. We’ve seen a remarkable expansion in participation, and we expect the program to grow even more in the coming years.”
Practice pays off for students who use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. Patterson High School in California’s Central Valley has successfully used the tool to increase opportunity for its students. The majority of students at Patterson High School are first-generation, low income students. Valerie Jamieson, a teacher at the school, uses the teacher dashboard to track how and when her students are practicing. The customized, free resource is leveling the playing field for students. “This is their opportunity to match themselves with students across the country that may have resources they don’t have,” said Jamieson.
More than 7 million users have signed up for Official SAT Practice since its launch in 2015, including more than 2 million in 2018. “Data shows Official SAT Practice is helping all students to become more college ready across all income levels and race/ethnicity, which is truly encouraging,” said Cyndie Schmeiser, senior advisor to the CEO and author of the Delivering Opportunities report. “Our mission is to combat the inequities of high-priced commercial test prep and give all students a level playing field to improve and own their future.”
Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), has witnessed an increase in college readiness across racial lines. In recent years, he reports that more of his students—particularly African American students—are ready for college when they graduate. He credits the SAT® Suite of Assessments as instrumental in their success. “The SAT Suite is a key part of our work to improve educational equity among our diverse population of students,” he says. “These assessments help students make informed choices and help staff provide each student with customized support.”
For Jennifer Ertel, senior manager of postsecondary programming at Houston Independent School District (HISD), higher SAT scores are just the beginning. “The SAT Suite of Assessments is at the heart of our college-going culture. It has opened countless doors and opportunities,” she reports. “The success of our students is not measured by scores increased, but by lives transformed.”
This year’s Program Results also saw the added benefit of early feedback from PSAT-related assessments and more students using Official SAT Practice to improve their scores.
You can read the full 2018 SAT Suite of Assessments Program Results .